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Mountaineering Resources

Online resources that support your reading of Into Thin Air or mountaineering research in general.

Climber Jim Whittaker retraces historic Everest ascent

It is the 50th Anniversary of Jim Whittaker's ascent of Mount Everest. Whittaker was the first American to reach the 29,000ft (8,848m) summit and is still one of the most highly regarded mountaineers of all time.

RMI Guides: 4 day summit gear list

A classic climb of Mt. Rainier which includes learning the foundations of mountaineering before tackling Mt. Rainier on a two day summit climb.

Turn around, guys: Ed Viesturs on Everest, 1996

One of America's prominent high-altitude mountaineers shares his experience climbing Everest during the deadliest season in the mountain's history.

Storm Over Everest | FRONTLINE | PBS

As darkness fell on May 10, 1996, a fast-moving storm of unimaginable ferocity trapped three climbing teams high on the slopes of Mount Everest. The climbers, exhausted from their summit climb, were soon lost in darkness, in a fierce blizzard, far from the safety of High Camp at 26,000 feet. World-renowned climber and filmmaker David Breashears, who aided the rescue efforts back in 1996, now returns to Everest to tell the fuller story of what really happened on that legendary climb. Through remarkably intimate interviews with the climbers and Sherpas -- many who have never spoken before on American television -- Breashears sheds new light on the worst climbing tragedy in Mount Everest's history.

What happens to your body at high altitude?

Enter any altitude and find out how much oxygen is present. Why does a shortage of oxygen cause altitude sickness?. is charity-funded and written by independent doctors.

Climbing Rating Systems

Mountain Madness is a mountain climbing guide service and mountaineering school located in Seattle, Washington. Seven summits is our specialty, including Everest and Kilimanjaro climbs and treks.

NOVA: Lost on Everest

Welcome to the companion Web site to several recent NOVA programs on Mt. Everest, including "Lost on Everest" and "Everest: The Death Zone," originally broadcast in 1998. The site is an intensive look at the personalities, dangers, history, culture, and lore surrounding the world's highest mountain.

Ed Viesturs on K2: A Fateful Moment with Scott Fischer - YouTube

Ed Viesturs, author of "K2: Life & Death on The World's Most Dangerous Mountain", discusses a harrowing moment from their 1992 climb on K2.

Medical miracle on Everest | TED Talks

When the worst disaster in the history of Mount Everest climbs occurred, Ken Kamler was the only doctor on the mountain. At TEDMED, he shares the incredible story of the climbers' battle against extreme conditions and uses brain imaging technology to map the medical miracle of one man who survived roughly 36 hours buried in the snow.

The ascent of Alex Honnold

60 Minutes on CBS News: The ascent of Alex Honnold - Mountain climber Alex Honnold seems to defy gravity, scaling sheer, steep rock faces with no rope and apparently no fear. Lara Logan reports.

Brawl On Everest Exposes Clash In Mountaineering World

Three experienced European climbers, who are used to fighting strong winds and frigid temperatures, say they met yet another foe on their latest attempt to conquer Mount Everest: the Sherpa guides.

Fighting on Everest is just one more sign the golden age of mountaineering has passed

No one who has read John Krakauer's Into Thin Air - the American author's epic tale of a Mount Everest expedition gone catastrophically wrong - will have been totally surprised by the story of the bust-up between a trio of Western climbers and a group of Sherpas as they converged on the flanks of the world's highest mountain at the weekend.

Brawl On Everest: Ueli Steck's Story

We reached Ueli Steck by phone to get his version of events of the brawl between him and Simone Moro and a group of Sherpas on Everest.

Ueli Steck - The Swiss Machine

Ueli climbs mountains very quickly.

Everest: 60 years of mountaineering - interactive

How did the first Everest expedition come about, how many people have climbed since, and what routes did they take? Find out more about the mountain on the 60th anniversary of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's ascent

Frontline: Storm Over Everest

The entire Frontline episode dealing with the 1996 Everest disaster.

Take This Interactive 3-D Hike Up Mount Everest If You Must, But Please Be Careful

Technology is the exact opposite of nature, and yet it can bring us closer to parts of nature we might not have experienced otherwise-Mount Everest, for instance. A new interactive online experience allows users to virtually hike up to the the summit, and realize why it might be best not to do so out in the world, wearing more than pajamas.